XenApp 6 to be released Marts 24th

Last week Citrix announced the release of XenApp 6 on Marts 24th. With less than 10 days to go I want to summarize some of the great new features in the upcoming release.

The last months I have had the opportunity to play around with the tech preview of XenApp 6 in my lab. I’m surprised how many great new features will be added in XenApp 6. Now we just ned to see the stability and scaling in real-life.

First of all XenApp 6 will support Windows Server 2008 R2. Citrix has rewritten the code-base to fully support Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 architecture.

I have made a list highlighting most of the new features:

  • Citrix Receiver architecture for Windows, Mac and Linux
    • New Citrix Receiver for Windows, Mac and Linux.
    • Single auto-updating client using plug-ins.
  • App-V integration
    • Stream and publish App-V packages.
    • Subscribe to App-V packages using Dazzle.
    • Manage App-V client using the Citrix Receiver.
  • HDX RealTime audio
    • Enhanced audio codec reduces bandwidth by 90%.
    • Preserving CD quality sound.
    • New “Optimized for speech” codec.
    • Clear audio quality to softphone and voice chat (less than 20 Kbps).
    • Echo cancellation for VoIP softphone.
  • HDX RealTime collaboration
    • Support for Microsoft Office Communicator video and audio conference.
    • WebCam support.
    • HDX Plug-n-Play enhanced color and monitor support
    • HDX Plug-n-Play 32-bit graphics support.
    • Alpha-channel graphics enabled.
    • Uses same bandwidth as 24-bit session.
    • Enhanced application compatibility.
    • DirectX/Direct3D hardware acceleration.
  • Simplified installation
    • Role-based installation wizard.
    • Automated pre-requisite installation.
    • Configuration performed after installation.
    • Auto-configuration using group policies.
  • Single management console
    • Redesigned based on MMC 3.0.
    • Still called Citrix Delivery Services Console
  • Active Directory Group Policy integration
    • Policy-based management of XenApp.
    • Group Policy templates and integration. Rapid server, application and user access configuration.
  • PowerShell 2.0
    • PowerShell replaces MFCOM.
    • Automate XenApp management tasks. XenApp SDK using PowerShell.
  • Server Groups/Worker Groups
    • Simplified application workload/silo management.
    • Publish application to server groups
    • Assign policies to server groups
    • Group preference and fail-over (instead of zone)
  • New enhanced License Management
    • New License Management Console.
    • License reporting in EdgeSight.
  • User profile streaming
    • Load individual profile settings on-demand or download in the background
    • Updated on the fly, no need to logoff for update.
    • Reduces logon time.
  • Application Isolation for Windows services
    • Windows services can now be profiled and streamed.
  • Dazzle v1.1
    • Subscribe App-V packages.
  • User mobility
    • Back to the old “Any, any, any” concept.
    • Universal SmartPhone support.
    • New Citrix receiver for iPhone.
    • Receiver for Windows mobile.
    • Receiver for Android.

This is properly not a complete list and some of the features may be subject to change in the final release.

For a detailed comparison to older versions check out the Comparative Feature Matrix (http://www.citrix.com/site/resources/dynamic/salesdocs/Citrix-XenApp-Comparative-Feature-Matrix.pdf).

Jacob Berg